Past Mansfield Center International Programs

AYLP Cambodia

Group of AYLP Cambodia participants
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, AYLP Cambodia engaged twenty Montana high school students and two high school teachers on an all-expense paid study of Cambodia focused on leadership development and community service in 2013 and 2014.

AYLP Thailand

Group of AYLP Thailand participants
The AYLP Thailand program introduces Montana youth and educators to the global issue of food security in the face of climate change, in the context of Thailand and Montana. Montana participants will engage in international dialogue with their Thai peers on shared concerns and possible solutions, as well as an exploration of each other's cultures.

Economic Empowerment Program

Economic Empower Program participants
In 2014, the Mansfield Center had the honor of hosting our third Professional Fellows Program of the U.S. Department of State with a focus on Economic Empowerment for for Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The program supported mid-level Southeast Asian professionals who sought to be empowered with concrete skills they could use to generate economic growth.

Global UGRAD

Global UGRAD participants receive awards
The U.S. Department of State Global Undergraduate Exchange Program provides one semester and academic year scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors in East Asia, Eurasia, Central Asia, the Near East, South Asia, and the Western Hemisphere for non-degree full-time study combined with community service, internships, and cultural enrichment.

Legal Reform Initiative

Legal Reform Initiative participants and military officers
Asian countries, transitional, developing, or developed, are engaged in legal reform, designing and implementing new components and processes to improve their civil and criminal justice systems. The mission of the Mansfield Center’s Legal Reform Initiative (LRI) is to promote the Rule of Law through facilitating cross-cultural learning about ongoing legal reforms throughout Asia.

Minamata Libby Environmental Project

Minamata-Libby Environmental Program logo
Minamata, Japan and Libby, Montana have both suffered from the tragic consequences of environmental degradation.  The Mansfield Center, in conjunction with various foundations and institutions, launched the Minamata Libby Environmental Project to remind the public of these consequences and to chronicle the efforts of these two communities to heal and move forward.

Public Policy and Leadership

Public Policy and Leadership Initiative participant near a court house
The Mansfield Center Public Policy and Leadership Initiative contributed to the development of the next generation of civic leaders by funding teaching by outstanding public servants, developing public programming aimed at fostering dialogue on key public policy issues, and providing support for outstanding students who pursue internships or research topics related to public policy or leadership issues.

Sports United: Laos

Laos participant running on grass
A two-way SportsUnited Initiative with Laos on the theme of Youth Sports Engagement; funded by the SportsUnited Division of the State Department, the Mansfield Center project uses sport as a means to support underserved populations in Laos, including ethnic minorities and youth with disabilities.

Two-Way Exchange with China on Natural Resource Issues

Two Way Exchange Between the U.S. and China on Natural Resource Issues
Organized by the Mansfield Center and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Two-Way Exchange with China on Natural Resource Issues sent eight Americans from across the state of Montana to China in June 2011 and brought twenty Chinese natural resource professionals to the U.S. in September 2011.

Mansfield Vietnamese Affairs Program

Students and professors on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
The Mansfield Vietnamese Affairs Program involves student and faculty exchanges with Vietnam, degree and non-degree training for Vietnamese faculty, professional exchange programs, programming on Vietnam and U.S.-Vietnamese relations, and the creation of a new curriculum devoted to contemporary Vietnamese affairs.

Women's Empowerment Project

Womens Empowerment Project participants
The Mansfield Center hosted the U.S. Department of State's 2012-2013 Women’s Empowerment Exchange Program. The  program included 20 female professionals from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam who came to the U.S. to study issues such as the environment, economic development, women's health, safety, security, and education, and how to build strong families.